PATNA: In an incident exposing the prevailing system in the state, an orphan boy has been begging on the streets of Bihar for days to collect money to be given as “bribe” to the local police.
The incident has come as a major embarrassment to the ruling Nitish Kumar government which claims to have launched a crackdown on corruption.
The orphaned boy Vivek Kumar who hails from Chehrakalan village under Kathara police outpost in Vaishali district recently approached the local police for help when some local influential villagers tried to grab his land.
The boy got hugely shocked when the local police station in-charge Rakesh Ranjan allegedly sought a bribe of Rs 10,000 in lieu of providing him police help.
Left with no option, he rushed to the local district collectorate and went on seeking alms from the visitors with placards in his hands.
The placard read “I am an orphan. Please help me with contribution money to be paid to the local thana in-charge as bribe”. It was here that his placard caught the attention of the local media.
The local administration has taken the matter very seriously and directed the sub-divisional police officer concerned to remove encroachments from his land.
The local district magistrate Sarv Narayan Yadav issued the order after getting all the details from the victim boy.
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